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Easy 5-Ingredient Popovers

 January 7, 2024

If there’s one recipe that you need in your repertoire to impress your friends and family, it’s the simple and easy 5-Ingredient Popover. Also known as Yorkshire Pudding, these little breads are golden on the outside, buttery on the inside, and practically melt in your mouth. Plus, they’re made from just five simple pantry staples, making them easy to whip up for any occasion!

A tray filled with the easy 5-ingredient popovers, sitting on a countertop

Friends, if there is one food that makes me think of the new year, it’s popovers. Also known as Yorkshire Pudding, these light and fluffy breads are golden on the outside, buttery on the inside, and are perfect for any holiday celebration. There are so many different ways to serve these breads. In the U.K., they’re eaten for dinnertime alongside a hearty meat like a pot roast or a prime rib. Sometimes, they’re even served for breakfast with a little dusting of powdered sugar! But here in America, popovers are a classic New Year’s treat.

The first time I ever had a popover was as an adult, when I went to the Neiman Marcus cafe in Los Angeles. They are world-famous for their popovers, and serve a warm basket of them right when you get to the table (alongside a delicious bowl of strawberry butter). I’ll never forget how light they were, or how they practically melted in my mouth as I bit into them. They were too good to be true!

But, when it comes to making these delicious and fluffy popovers, it took quite a bit of finesse. In fact, I tested this recipe over five different times, just to get them right! This is not one of those recipes that plays well with substitutions. In fact, if any of my recipes were to prove that baking is a science, it’s this one! The combination of the warm milk, melted butter, eggs, and bread flour comes together to create the puffiest popovers possible. Don’t deviate from the recipe here, and you will have the perfect popovers for any celebration!

The 5 Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Popovers

  • Eggs: This recipe works best with regular eggs. It has not been tested with an egg substitute, so use one at your own risk!
  • Milk: You’ll need regular milk in order to make these popovers. After testing countless recipes, conventional dairy milk worked best. Just be sure to warm the milk slightly – approximately 30 seconds in the microwave will do the trick.
  • Bread Flour or All-Purpose Flour: The key to making these popovers super light and fluffy is to use bread flour. Bread flour contains a higher amount of protein than all-purpose flour, causing it to yield a much lighter and fluffier popover. However, if all you have is all-purpose flour, that works, too!
  • Kosher Salt: A pinch of salt adds just the right amount of flavor to these popovers.
  • Baking Powder: The baking powder acts as a leavening agent, ensuring that these popovers turn out light and fluffy.
  • Unsalted Butter: Make sure that the butter is melted before making this recipe!
A  muffin tin, sitting on a countertop, with the popover batter actively being poured into the tins
Next, grease a muffin tin with butter or oil and divide the batter equally amongst the 12 muffin cavities. You should be able to fill them just a little more than halfway.

How to Make This Simple & Easy Popover Recipe

To make these popovers, start by preheating your oven to 425 F. Next, add the eggs, milk, flour, sea salt, and baking powder to a blender and blend for 30-seconds, until smooth. While the ingredients are blending, melt the butter. Then, stop the blender, remove the lid, and add in the melted butter. Blend for another 20 seconds, until the batter is smooth but thin.

Next, grease a muffin tin with butter or oil and divide the batter equally amongst the 12 muffin cavities. You should be able to fill them just a little more than halfway. Bake the popovers for 20 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 F and bake them for 10 more minutes. Do not open the oven until the very end! This is very important, to ensure that the popovers turn out light and fluffy.

If you want the popovers a little more golden on the top, turn on the broiler for 1 minute at the very end. Be sure to watch them carefully, so that they don’t burn. Finally, remove them from the oven once they’re done and allow them to cool slightly. Then, serve them and enjoy!

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! To see more recipes and behind the scenes, follow along on InstagramTikTok, and Youtube! I’m also now on Pinterest, so stop by and take a look at what’s new.

** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A tray filled with the easy 5-ingredient popovers, sitting on a countertop
Nut Free/Refined Sugar Free/snacks

Easy 5-Ingredient Popovers

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Nicole Modic
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If there's one recipe that you need in your repertoire to impress your friends and family, it's the simple and easy 5-Ingredient Popover. Also known as Yorkshire Pudding, these little breads are golden on the outside, buttery on the inside, and practically melt in your mouth. Plus, they're made from just five simple pantry staples, making them easy to whip up for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs warmed to room temperature – this is important!
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk warmed slightly – 30 seconds in the microwave
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bread Flour or All-Purpose Flour leveled-off
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter melted

Instructions

  • To make these popovers, start by preheating your oven to 425 F.
  • Next, add the eggs, milk, flour, sea salt, and baking powder to a blender and blend for 30-seconds, until smooth.
  • While the ingredients are blending, melt the butter. Then, stop the blender, remove the lid, and add in the melted butter. Blend for another 20 seconds, until the batter is smooth but thin.
  • Next, grease a muffin tin with butter or oil and divide the batter equally amongst the 12 muffin cavities. You should be able to fill them just a little more than halfway.
  • Bake the popovers for 20 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 F and bake them for 10 more minutes. Do not open the oven until the very end! This is very important, to ensure that the popovers turn out light and fluffy.
  • If you want the popovers a little more golden on the top, turn on the broiler for 1 minute at the very end. Be sure to watch them carefully, so that they don't burn.
  • Finally, remove them from the oven once they're done and allow them to cool slightly. Then, serve them and enjoy!

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  1. you have two different verions of this recipe. milk and flour on tik tok say 1 2/3 here it is 1 1/2. which is correct???

    • Hi Mary, this one is correct; the recipe had been tweaked and adapted since it was posted on TikTok.

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